International Environmental Leaders Named McCluskey Fellows at Yale

Two widely-respected leaders in environment and sustainable development, one from India and one from Kenya, will join the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as McCluskey Fellows.

The Dorothy McCluskey Visiting Fellowships in Conservation are intended to bring outstanding non-governmental leaders to Yale.

Rajendra Pachauri, executive director of the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, will join the school next year. Over a 20-year period, Dr. Pachauri has built TERI into a leading global institution working in energy, environment, forestry biotechnology, and other fields.

Wangari Maathai will join the school in the 2001-2002 academic year. She is founder and coordinator of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, a broad popular movement seeking political reform, resource protection and sustainable livelihoods.

“We are extremely pleased, in our first effort to extend the program beyond the United States, to be hosting two people of such accomplishment and distinction,” said Dean James Gustave Speth. “They will enliven the school with their extraordinary experiences.”

Pachauri is vice-chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), director of the Institute for Global Environmental strategies in Japan, and president of the Asian Energy Institute. He is a past president of the International Association of Energy Economics.

Pachauri holds Ph.D. degrees in economics and industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is the author of 21 books and numerous articles.

Maathai has received many awards for her work in Kenya, including the Goldman Environment Award, the Africa prize for Leadership, and the Golden Ark Award of the Netherlands. She was recently selected by Time Magazine as one of the top environmental leaders of the century. She was made Honorary Doctor of Laws by Williams College in 1990.

Maathai was the first woman in East Africa to earn a Ph.D. degree. From 1973 to 1981, she chaired the Department of Anatomy at the University of Nairobi, the first woman to chair a department at the university.

The Dorothy McCluskey Visiting Fellowship in Conservation was established by Dorothy McCluskey, F&ES Class of 1973, and her husband, Donald McCluskey, Class of 1942 (Engineering).

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